WATFORD VS MAN CITY
ABDI, WATSON, CAPOUE, JURADO,
MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1)
STERLING, SILVA, DE BRUYNE,
KOLAROV, OTAMENDI, MANGALA, SAGNA,
On Tuesday, Manchester City went to Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester City and were held to a 0-0 draw, their third goalless stalemate of the season.
The draw leaves City in third place, just three points off the top. At this stage last season they were in the same place with the same points (36) - and finished second.
Watford's five-match unbeaten run - four wins and a draw - was ended by Tottenham on Monday but they remain in a lofty eighth place with an impressive 29 points, more than won through their last Barclays Premier League campaign.
Indeed, at this stage of their only two other Premier League campaigns, in 1999-2000 and 2006-07 campaigns Watford had just 11 points and on both occasions they were relegated.
Watford will hope that Odion Ighalo can maintain the form of 2015, when he scored 30 goals, more than any other player in the top four tiers of English football. This season the Nigerian has 14 goals and has scored in each of Watford's last six games.
And with team-mate Troy Deeney, the Watford front-men have 20 of the club's 24 goals, representing more than 83% of the team's Premier League goals with Ighalo netting more than half (58%) of their strikes.
City are still without captain Vincent Kompany, who has been sorely missed in their defence this season. With Kompany in their starting line-up, City have won seven and drawn two of nine, a 78% success rate. Without him from the start, City have lost five and drawn one while winning four, a 40% success rate.